Albert II, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

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Albert II
Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Albrecht von Brandenburg-Ansbach (aka).jpg

Albert in a painting by Benjamin Block, 1643
Born(1620-09-18)18 September 1620
Ansbach
Died 22 October 1667(1667-10-22) (aged 47)
Ansbach
BuriedJohanniskirche in Ansbach
Noble family Hohenzollern
Spouse(s)

Issue

Father Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Mother Countess Sophie of Solms-Laubach

Albert II or V of Brandenburg-Ansbach (18 September 1620 22 October 1667) was a German prince, who was Margrave of Ansbach from 1634 until his death.

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Life

Albert in a miniature of 1634 Albrecht von Brandenburg-Ansbach Miniatur.jpg
Albert in a miniature of 1634

Born in Ansbach, Albert was the second son of Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1582–1625) and his wife Sophie (1594–1651), daughter of John George, Count of Solms-Laubach. On Joachim Ernst's death Albert's elder brother Frederick III succeeded him in Ansbach from 1625 onwards, initially under their mother's guardianship, but he was killed without issue in the Thirty Years' War in 1634. Albert thus succeeded him, though again the early years of his rule were under his mother's guardianship, only taking up full government responsibilities when his minority ended in 1639.

Ansbach Place in Bavaria, Germany

Ansbach is a city in the German state of Bavaria. It is the capital of the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Ansbach is 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles (140 km) north of Munich, on the Fränkische Rezat, a tributary of the Main river. In 2004, its population was 40,723.

Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach was a German nobleman. He ruled as margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach from 1603 to 1625, succeeding his cousin George Frederick and succeeded by his son Frederick III.

Sophie of Solms-Laubach wife of Joachim Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Sophie of Solms-Laubach, was a German regent, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach by marriage to Joachim Ernst, and regent during the minority of her son from 1625 until 1639.

With much diplomatic skill, he manoeuvred Brandenburg-Ansbach through the last ten years of the war and through administrative reforms, support for the guilds and cultural life and a good credit policy he promoted the beginnings of post-war reconstruction.[ citation needed ] He offered refuge to religious refugees from Austria and in 1647 or 1662 granted them lands in Treuchtlingen and Berolzheim.[ citation needed ] Albert's main advisor on this was his former teacher Johannes Limnäus. Active in the politics of the Holy Roman Empire, he sent troops to back the war against the Ottoman Empire.[ citation needed ]

Treuchtlingen Place in Bavaria, Germany

Treuchtlingen is a town in the Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen district, in Bavaria, Germany. It has a population of around 12,000.

Holy Roman Empire varying complex of lands that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe

The Holy Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in Western and Central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars. The largest territory of the empire after 962 was the Kingdom of Germany, though it also came to include the neighboring Kingdom of Bohemia, the Kingdom of Burgundy, the Kingdom of Italy, and numerous other territories.

A typical Baroque absolute ruler, he died at Ansbach in 1667. He was buried in the Johanniskirche in that city.

Marriage and issue

Albert's first wife, Henriette Louise of Wurttemberg-Mompelgard, in a painting by Benjamin Block, 1643 Henriette Luise von Wurttemberg (aka).jpg
Albert's first wife, Henriette Louise of Württemberg-Mömpelgard, in a painting by Benjamin Block, 1643

In Stuttgart on 31 August 1642 he married Henriette Louise (1623–1650), daughter of Louis Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard, with the following children:

Stuttgart Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart is located on the Neckar river in a fertile valley known locally as the "Stuttgart Cauldron." It lies an hour from the Swabian Jura and the Black Forest. Its urban area has a population of 609,219, making it the sixth largest city in Germany. 2.7 million people live in the city's administrative region and another 5.3 million people in its metropolitan area, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in Germany. The city and metropolitan area are consistently ranked among the top 20 European metropolitan areas by GDP; Mercer listed Stuttgart as 21st on its 2015 list of cities by quality of living, innovation agency 2thinknow ranked the city 24th globally out of 442 cities and the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked the city as a Beta-status world city in their 2014 survey.

Louis Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard Duke of Württemberg-Montbéliard

Louis Frederick of Württemberg-Montbéliard was the founder of a cadet line of the House of Württemberg known as the Dukes of Württemberg-Montbéliard.

He married for a second time on 15 October 1651 at Oettingen, to Sophie Margarete (1634–1664), daughter of Joachim Ernst, Count of Oettingen-Oettingen, with the following children:

John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach succeeded his father Albert II as margrave of Ansbach in 1667. He married his second wife Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach on 4 November 1681. Their daughter Wilhelmine Charlotte Caroline, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach married George II of Great Britain before he became king.

∞ 1. 1673 Princess Johanna Elisabeth of Baden-Durlach (1651–1680)
∞ 2. 1681 Princess Eleonore of Sachsen-Eisenach (1662–1696)

∞ 1687 Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1667–1739)

∞ 1682 Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental (1652–1698)

He married for a third time on 6 August 1665 in Durlach, to Christine (1645–1705), daughter of Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach. This marriage was childless.

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Albert II, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Born: 18 September 1620 Died: 22 October 1667
Preceded by
Frederick III
Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
1634–1667
Succeeded by
John Frederick

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